Interestingly, this is the second time a man has been caught napping while using Tesla's Autopilot within the last two months.
Technology is a quite funny concept. Yes, it makes our life easier and can even take us places. Be it space or even from point A to point B. Although technology is considered a boon more often than not, it can seriously be haunting if not used in the right manner. One such incident happened in California when a man was caught napping behind the wheel of his Tesla car. And what's worse, he was driving the car on autopilot at 75mph, reports Newsweek.
A man in a nearby car, caught the man sleeping on his car and decided to film the whole incident that took place on a Los Angeles interstate. Interestingly, this is the second time a man has been caught napping while using Tesla's Autopilot within the last two months.
“Dude is straight snoozing going 75 mph [miles per hour] on the interstate, letting his Tesla do the work,” Twitter user Seth Blake wrote on Monday. He had posted a 9-second clip which has since gone viral and has racked up thousands of comments.
The video was captured by Blake's fiancee who was sitting on the passenger's seat at the time of the incident. Although the driver, who was caught napping, has still not been identified, it did appear as if he had one hand on the steering wheel of the electric car.
“We were going about 75 mph on the highway, and he was just totally out,” Blake was quoted as saying by CBS Los Angeles on Tuesday. “I noticed the guy was slouched way back in his chair…and I pull up next to him, he was asleep. So I asked my fiancée, I said, ‘Take a video of that, that guy’s sleeping.’”
“We were in his area when we were driving only for about 10 minutes, and he only woke up one time, and kind of like looked around and went back to sleep,” Blake added.
However, this is not a one-off situation. A very similar incident happened in the same region which, as reported by CBS Los Angeles, claims that it “appeared to be the same Tesla and driver” in both instances. The video had soon gone viral on Facebook and Reddit which was filmed by a witness, Kevin Paschal.
“If you do see somebody using that feature in that capacity call 911…we will try and get an officer out there as quick as we can,” a California Highway Patrol spokesperson told ABC News after the incident was reported. It's not confirmed if autopilot mode was engaged at the time of the recording.
Meanwhile, according to the report on Newsweek, Tesla spokesperson had denied commenting on the video clip. The official Tesla website claims that there are limitations to the futuristic system, which is described as a safety feature. “Autopilot is intended for use only with a fully attentive driver who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time,” the firm says.
“In its current form [autopilot] is not a self-driving system, it does not turn a Tesla into an autonomous vehicle, and it does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility. When used properly, Autopilot reduces a driver’s overall workload, and the redundancy of eight external cameras, radar and 12 ultrasonic sensors provides an additional layer of safety that two eyes alone would not have.”
Watch the video here: